United lauded for £6m 'gem' signing

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It's fair to say that little was expected of Javier Hernandez in his first season after he signed for Manchester United last year.

A relative unknown in England, the 22-year-old boasted a modest goalscoring record with Mexican side Chivas before making a, perhaps, unexpected move to Old Trafford.

Now, the minimal transfer fee - reported to be around £6 million - is arguably the bargain of the century, with the young striker having netted an impressive 20 times during his debut campaign with United.

Plaudits have since been flooding in for the Mexico international, who has even been compared to Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi by none other than Brazil legend Pele.

"There is no doubt that Hernandez is a promising player," said Pele.

"He is excellent, I have seen some games of his on television and he is a fantastic footballer.

''He could be the next Messi because he has great talent; he is a big surprise just as Hugo Sanchez was because he is another that scores a lot of goals.

"We should wait a little, because we still don't know how he will play in the Mexican team... but without doubt, he has huge potential."


It is perhaps not often Chris Kamara is mentioned in the same breath as Pele, but he too has been in awe of the performances of Hernandez.

“What a revelation he's been. Sir Alex has really found a gem there," said the Sky Sports pundit.

“It amazes me: we questioned that back header he scored when he first came over, but now we know the fella is a goal machine.

“By whatever means he needs to put that ball in the back of net he can do it and do things other players can't do. He can only go from strength to strength.”

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